Sermon Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 (See below)
No matter where we’re headed in life, we all want to feel welcomed into the neighborhood. When we’re welcomed with open arms, it makes us feel at home. Then we have to think, who is my neighbor? When we love our neighbor, does that mean loving everyone around us? As a church, we need to welcome everyone in, to help them with their struggles and find Jesus. It’s becoming a part of the solution. God decided to get into the mix to solve the problem because he is a good neighbor. Sometimes, we’re worried about our religious status instead of serving for Jesus’s hands and feet.
We don’t have to be qualified, we just have to be called by Jesus. In fact, we don’t have to have all the correct answers, we just need to have an available spirit; to get involved and make an effort. Other people with the solution to the problem will join in, therefore everyone can build together as a team to create a solution. God will use an available person over one who thinks they know everything. The key solution is to bring light into darkness. Instead of having a mindset of “I didn’t help create the darkness around me, therefore I don’t need to help get rid of it.” God wants you to become available to bring light into the darkness and help solve the problem. There’s a difference between seeing and acknowledging. By seeing the problem, we meet the need and make a difference.
The people in your neighborhood are most likely similar to you. Good Samaritans bring people with struggles and invest in them because we’re going to faithfully love them right where they are. Jesus is saying, “take me lead.” In fact, Jesus was the original good Samaritan before any of us were. We wanted help from the shame of our sins. Religion and morality passed us by, therefore it couldn’t put us back together. Jesus came into our world, stopped and bandaged up all our wounds to take it all upon himself. Everyone who follows God, let’s join and become good Samaritans together. Let us find people to bandage up their wounds and help them to follow Jesus to become a good neighbor to lead them onto a new path to follow. Our job is to be a good neighbor and model our life after Jesus. Let’s not walk by people anymore. Instead, reach out and help bandage up their wounds because we’re so grateful Jesus didn’t leave us on the side of road and decided to put our broken pieces back together.
Compassion: a common passion that we’re going to share with people. We have standards as Christians. To love all people and help heal them. Judging doesn’t heal anything. However, being there for them no matter what the circumstances are heals everything one step at a time. Your good Samaritan attributes will melt people’s hearts and draw them in, on a new path closer to Jesus.
Scripture Reference: 25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[c] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”